Sunday, November 05, 2006

Guy Fawkes & The Vendetta...SPOILER WARNING!

"Remember, remember, the 5th of November, gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent to blow up the King and the Parliament. Three score barrels of powder below, Poor old England to overthrow: By God's providence he was catch'd With a dark lantern and burning match. Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring. Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King! Hip hip hoorah! A penny loaf to feed the Pope. A farthing o' cheese to choke him. A pint of beer to rinse it down. A faggot of sticks to burn him. Burn him in a tub of tar. Burn him like a blazing star. Burn his body from his head. Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead. Hip hip hoorah! Hip hip hoorah!"

Remember, remember...an incredible, fantastic, fascinating and...emotional movie about a certain masked man with a cloak, a Shadow Gallery, a fondness for classical music, explosions & dominoes, a very serious take on revenge...AND a (high level) crush on a young, bald (...which was his doing) journalist-to-be who needed a cold shower (literally!) to exit her trance of ignorance...

In other words: "V for Vendetta"! And, not only a superb film production, but a brilliant graphic novel too... "Equally wonderful to the original script" - there aren't many screen versions of a book one can say that about! Maybe because they are so different, it's actually tolerable...? The movie is more a modernized edition of (or even hommage to) Alan Moore's work and I LOVE it!!! Natalie Portman is marvellous and since I DO have a thing for masked and mysterious gentlemen (who reside in lair-like, gothic environments including grand pianos and candles); Hugo Weaving rocks! The story is very intriguing; scary but interesting. And the chemistry between the two main characters is amazing. Just remember (remember) to view them separately; book AND film, two aspects of the same story. Then, you can also accept the slight changes made in the modern, up-to-date version. Recommended for all politicians out there, by the way. See what cruelty you might come to participate in! And do listen to all dark-haired hunks with a highly poetic manner of speaking! ;)

Favourite Vendetta-moments: various dancing sequences (...), all scenes from the Shadow Gallery, the very romantic and very sad scenes on the station, V tipping the dominoes - and the giant explosion at the end...the whole movie, generally.

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